Pitching and defense failed the Buffalo Bisons for the second straight night as the Indianapolis Indians breezed to a 10-5 win over the Herd Tuesday in Coca-Cola Field.
Indianapolis took the lead for keeps with a three-run third off Buffalo starter Andrew Albers that broke a 1-1 tie. The Indians have 18 runs and 23 hits in taking the first two games of the three-game series. The Bisons, meanwhile, have made six errors in the two games.
Epic duel: The most dramatic at-bat came with two out and the bases loaded in the fifth as Tribe center fielder Gorkys Hernandez blasted a grand slam to left off Buffalo's Andrew Albers to produce an 8-1 lead and blow the game open. It came on the 11th pitch of the at-bat after Hernandez fouled off five two-strike pitches, including four in a row on a 3-2 count.
Dropsies: The Bisons tied their season high with four errors, with center fielder Chris Dickerson making two on Tony Sanchez's fifth-inning single. Dickerson booted the ball to allow Steve Lombardozzi to advance from second to third and threw back wildly to the infield, allowing an alert Sanchez to scoot into second.
Measure of revenge: Dickerson got some runs back in the bottom of the fifth with a three-run double to left. Buffalo's other run came on Luke Scott's solo homer in the second, his first with the Bisons.
Big loss in opposing dugout: Indy third baseman Deibinson Romero, the Tribe's cleanup hitter here Monday, was not in the lineup Tuesday because he is reportedly set to sign with the Doosan Bears of the Korean pro league. It's a big loss for the first-place Tribe because Romero is batting .302 with team-highs in doubles (13), homers (6) and RBIs (27).
Pitchers of record: Albers fell to 2-6 for Buffalo while Indy starter Casey Sadler improved to 4-2 by pitching seven innings.
Records: The Bisons slipped to 23-23, their third time at .500 since opening the season 12-4. Indy has the IL's best record at 27-19.
Paid attendance: 4,786.
Next up: Wednesday's series finale vs. Indy is a 1:05 matinee with top Toronto prospect Daniel Norris (1-2) on the mound for the Herd.